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Ohio Students Rally in DC

Students from Dayton Ohio's Colonel White High School were outraged when they read about Kemba Smith in Emerge magazine. Smith, a 24-year-old Virginia woman, was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole for refusing to cooperate with federal prosecutors who wanted her to testify against her drug-dealing boyfriend.

"Free Kemba! Free Kemba!" the students chanted on the steps of the U.S. capitol. They were joined by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Kemba Smith's parents, Smith's 3-year-old son, and representatives of FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums).

"Kemba's only crime," said high school junior Michelle Payn "was that she was blinded by love and thought that she couldn't turn the man she loved into the police when they wanted her to."

"We want her out of prison," said 16-year-old student D'Wan Taylor. "And we want to help other non-violent offenders that may be in the same predicament she's in.'

Source: The Marion Star ,Associated Press

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